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Glades County Democrat

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Glades County Democrat
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Democrat
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Moore Haven, FL
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January 6, 2005
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United States -- Florida -- Glades -- Moore Haven
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Began in 1922.
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Vol. 8, no. 12 (June 21, 1929) issue misdated 1920.
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Editors: R.B. Child, <1926>; Keathley Bowden, <1929>.
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Description based on: Vol. 5, no. 29 (Sept. 24, 1926).

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June 28, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 1 Thursday, June 28, 2018 Vol. 90, No. 26 50 plus tax 14.11 feetLast Year: 12.04 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level Glades at a Glance ... Page 3 See page 3 for information about how to contact this newspaper.gladescountydemocrat.com FDEP answers questions about algal blooms ... Page 7 Tourism-related business grants considered ... Page 3 Cyanobacterial bloom covers lake ... Page 2 Boaters: Watch for manatees ... Page 11 By Chris FelkerGlades County Democrat Tourism Development Council members heard glowing reports recently about the May 24-25 Glades Sportswriters Invitational Fishing Tournament that was staged out of Lakeport and Moore Haven. It was a wonderful event, said Glades County TDC Executive Director Tracy Whirls, complimenting council member Jeff Patterson, whose idea it was to restart an annual tourney last held years ago and known as the Harold DeTar Memorial Fly Fishing Tournament, named after its founder who was a Moore Haven retiree. Jeff did a fantastic job both with recruiting the writers and working with the local folks to help organize the event. The coverage that we got during the event was good, Ms. Whirls said. She added that she got a chance to speak with leaders of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association (FOWA) and that they noted other events throughout the year in Glades County in which they were interested. So Im hoping that we can develop a really good relationship with them and encourage them to come back not just for the sportswriters invitational but for other events. Mr. Patterson said there were 13 sportswriters who participated. We have been getting a lot of coverage. So far weve had a story run in The Miami Herald (and) ... in the FOWA newsletter, which was really good because a lot of other writers see that. We had Butch Newell, who is the new director of FOWA, he said. He did a lot of drone footage, a lot of throughthe-day videos that were great in showing people what we have to offer. He said he wanted to thank the tournaments sponsors, including Lakeport Lodge, Aherns, Becks Food Store, Big Water Bait & Tackle, Custom Lures by Sam, Hi-Tech Jig Co., the Seminole Tribe and Seminole Casino Brighton, North Lake Estates, Caf 27, the City of Moore Haven, Moore Haven Marina, Glades County and Visit Glades (another name for the TDC itself; the council has a website at visitglades.org). Mr. Patterson singled out fellow TDC member MacKenzie Johns-Bowers of Seminole Casino Brighton for special praise. MacKenzies group out there at the tribe, that was an exceptional dinner put on. People were able to get Tourney hooks good publicity for area Glades County Democrat/ Courtesy of VisitGlades.orgCaptain Ray Markham shared this photo of the bass he caught with a TFO y rod while shing the Big O with Clyde Johnson during the inaugural Sportswriters Invitational Fishing Tour nament that took place May 24-25 out of Harney Pond in Lakeport. By Lisa WalkerSpecial to the Glades County Democrat The community Fourth of July celebra tion is set for Wednesday, July 4, at the Avin Ward boat ramp. At the June 19 meeting of the Moore Ha ven City Commission, City Manager David Miller reported that reworks were being purchased for the Fourth of July public cel ebration. The Moore Haven reworks show will start at dusk on Wednesday. This event is open to the public. In other business at the meeting, Mr. Mill er reported that the city is still searching to ll a position with the sewer plant. The ren ovations of City Hall, he said, are 95 percent nished, although the city is anticipating a shipment of mirrors to arrive for interior in stallation. So far the renovation is looking satisfac tory, he said. City prepares for July 4 celebration Special to The Clewiston News/Lisa WalkerProtest staged at Detention CenterAround a dozen people gathered for a peaceful demonstration Saturday after noon, June 23, near the Glades County Detention Center and the Sheriffs Ofce across State Road 78 outside Moore Haven. It was part of a nationwide protest of an immigration policy that was separating migrant parents from their children at the United States southern border, which has since been reversed. The protestors didnt have any knowledge of the GCDC facility, and although it does hold federal detainees of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Glades County Sheriff David Hardin told county commissioners at their meeting Monday, all are being held on criminal charges. The protesters said they chose the site because it was closest and they wanted to get the word out on reuniting families. See TOURNEY Page 4 See CITY Page 4 Corps cuts lake coastal estuaries ... Page 8

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee June 28, 2018, By Katrina ElskenINI Florida Heavy rainfall in May and June followed by hot summer weather has led to increased reports of algal blooms and cyanobacteria blooms in South Florida. A combination of hot weather, low salinity, nitrogen and phosphorus can cause algae and cyanobacteria to grow rapidly; this is called a bloom. Laboratory tests are required to de termine what types of algae or cyanobacteria are in a bloom. Some not all species of cyanobacteria produce toxins under certain conditions. Spe cies that can produce toxins do not always do so. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is monitoring what is believed to be a massive cyanobacteria bloom on Lake Okeechobee. According to oceanographer Michelle Tomlinson of the NOAA National Ocean Service, they have been monitoring satellite photos of the lake since the start of June. Ms. Tomlinson shared the following information about the images: A series of satellite images acquired on June 12, 20, 21, and 24 show the progression of a cyanobacterial bloom in Lake Okeechobee. On June 12, about 3 percent of lake area was covered by cyanobacteria blooms. Most of the blooms appeared along about a mile off the eastern shore. On the June 20 image, the bloom was observed to be covering about 49 percent of the lake surface area, mostly in the southwestern quadrant of the lake with some bloom accu mulation along the northwestern shore. There was a decrease in bloom areal extent on June 21 of about 22 percent, where the bloom was observed along the eastern part of the lake. The decrease was likely due to wind mixing cyanobacteria cells down into the wa ter column and not the disappearance of the bloom. These cells oat back to the surface when winds subside. The latest image from June 24 shows the maximum cyanobacterial bloom extent ob served in the month of June so far. The bloom was observed to be covering almost the entire lake area, excluding a narrow stretch along and about 6 miles off the eastern shoreline. Pronounced bloom accumulation was observed along the eastern shoreline. The algorithm we developed for the imagery is showing cyanobacteria blooms, Ms. Tomlinson explained. So it is separating out the cyanobacteria from any other back ground algae in the lake. There may be some non-harmful phytoplankton mixed in there, but what you are seeing is the concentration of the cyanobacteria. According to Dee Ann Miller of the Florida Department of Health: Some not all blue-green algae can produce toxins that can contribute to environmental problems and affect public health. Little is known about exactly what environmental conditions trigger toxin production. Over time, these toxins are diluted and eventually break down and disappear. Persistent blooms are routinely monitored and retested. Because you cannot tell if algae is producing toxins by looking at it, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) coordinates with the water management districts and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to routinely sample observed and reported algal blooms and test for algal identication and toxin levels. Results posted by FDEP as of June 26 found no toxins in the samples collected in Lake Okeechobee since June 6. Earlier this month, very low levels of toxins of less than 1 micro gram per liter were reported in samples from small blooms just off Lake Okeechobees east shore. The World Health Organization considers levels under 10 micrograms per liter as safe for recreational contact. Samples were collected from various areas around the lake on Monday. Testing takes about four days. NOAA is also tracking algae blooms in other areas of the country, such as Lake Erie and the Gulf of Maine. On June 18, an algal bloom was reported on the Calooshatchee River near the LaBelle bridge. According to the FDEP tests, the bloom was mixed algae (not cyanobacteria) with no dominant species in the sample. No toxins were detected. The most recent sample of algae near the St. Lucie Lock on Jume 21 found the dominant species was microcystin aeruginosa (a form of cyanobacteria). No toxins were detected. A sample taken June 19 at Port Mayaca found the same type of cyanobacteria. No toxins were detected. A number of algal blooms were reported on Lake Okeechobee and connecting waterways on June 25. It takes four days to get test results, so the type of algae or cyanobacteria is not yet known. FDEP investigated an algal bloom June 25 at the Ortona Lock. Dense mats of algae were observed at the surface along the canal bank. Algae was visible across the entire canal. FDEP also inivestigated an algal bloom June 25 at the Alva Bridge. They found some surface alage which was sampled. They also collected samples at the Franklin Locks and the 41 bridge. NOTE: Cyanobacteria, commonly referred to as blue-green algae is not actually algae. Algal blooms and cyanobaceterial blooms look alike; it takes a microscope to the tell the difference. Cyanobacteria are prokaryotic organisms (a microscopic single-celled organism that has neither a distinct nucleus with a mem brane nor other specialized organelles) where as green algae are eukaryotic organisms (an organism consisting of a cell or cells in which the genetic material is DNA in the form of chro mosomes contained within a distinct nucleus.) According to the Environmental Proection Agency, both algae and cyanobacteria occur naturally in freshwater worldwide. There are thousands of species of algae and thousands of species of cyanobacteria. Algal blooms reported throughout the area

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June 28, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 3 Published byGlades County DemocratServing Eastern Glades County Since 1923 To Reach Us Address: c/o Okeechobee News. 107 SW 17th St. Ste D., Okeechobee, Fl 34974 Website: gcdnews.comTo Submit Newse Glades County Democrat welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories, ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or emailed. e deadline for all news items is 12 p.m. Monday prior to the following ursday's publication. Email: gdcnews@newszap.com........................................................................To Place A Display Ad Call (863) 763-3134, deadline for all advertising is 12 p.m. Monday for the following ursday's publication. E-mail: southlakeads@newszap.com To Place A Classied Ad Call (877)353-2424 to place a classied advertisement from home. e deadline for all advertising is 12 p.m. Monday for the following ursday's publication. Fax: 1-877-354-2424 E-mail: classads@newszap.com Advertising Billing Department E-mail: billteam@newszap.com To Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: readerservices@newszap.com e Glades County Democrat is delivered by mail or subscribers on ursday and is sold in racks and store locations in the Glades County area.Call (800)282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. Glades County Democrat USPS 117920 Published Weekly by Independent Newspapers, Inc. for $39.00 per year including tax. Periodical Class postage paidPublisher: Katrina Elsken Advertising: 863-763-3134E-mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comWe Pledge ... To operate this newspaper as a public trust. To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. To report the news with honesty, accuracy, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. To disclose our own conicts of interest or potential conicts to our readers. To correct our errors and to give each correction to the prominence it deserves. To provide a right to reply to those we write about. To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion.Member of Legion meeting set July 6 The Moore Haven American Legion Post 299, 600 River Road in Moore Haven, will meet on Friday, July 6, at 6 p.m. A compli mentary dinner prepared by a post member will be served. For information, call Kirby Sullivan at 863-946-2556. BHR AMVET serves lunch The AMVET ladies will serve a lunch of sausage, pepper and onion sandwiches on Thursday, June 28, at 11:30 a.m. at the Buck head VFW Post 9528, 29012 State Road 78 West in Buckhead Ridge, to benet veteran services. For information, call 863-467-2882. Board meeting set June 28 The Glades Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its regularly scheduled board meeting on Thursday, June 28, at 6 p.m. in the main room of the Dallas B. Townsend Ag ricultural Building, 1085 Pratt Blvd in LaBelle. Meetings are open to the public. BHR VFW serves dinner The Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528, 29012 SR 78 West in Buckhead Ridge, will serve dinner on Friday, June 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Grilled boneless rib eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin, fried sh and shrimp, baked and french fried potatoes, baked sweet po tatoes, onion rings, salad and dessert will be served. Live music will be provided by Mike and Cheryl. Proceeds go to homeless veter ans. For information, call 863-467-2882. Glades at a Glance By Chris Felker Glades County Democrat An intense discussion of how Glades Coun ty assists its tourism-related businesses domi nated the Tourism Development Councils re cent regular monthly meeting, culminating in several actions to enhance their efforts. Council Chairwoman Patty Register, who owns and operates with her husband, Allen, one of Floridas oldest roadside attractions, Gatorama a state-licensed alligator farm and refuge near Palmdale told fellow council members June 15 that she was hand ing the gavel to Vice Chairman Bret Whidden in order to make a request. (Mr. Whidden is also mayor of Moore Haven.) She then asked the board to approve a $10,000 grant to Gatorama for marketing expenses to build attendance at the Alliga tor Hatching Festival. Its an annual event at the park, which will take place this year from Aug. 18 through Sept. 2. Attendance gures cited Ms. Register said shed gone back in her records to 2012 and gured out how many visitors the park drew for the festival during each of the past six years, giving the council a total. Gatorama brought 550,000 people into the county in the month of August (2012-17), when supposedly no one is having success with tourism, she said. Wow, thats fantastic, said fellow coun cil member Jacquie Kellenberger of Mead owlark Shores RV Park. Ms. Register said theyd been changing the focus of their advertising, trying new meth ods including highly targeted social media ad campaigns and two billboards on Interstate 75, while withdrawing some print advertising but adding other ads in travel magazines. In addition, her company has been hiring ad ditional workers and adding new attractions and activities at Gatorama. There are plans for a new snack bar that will offer food plus beer and wine but is awaiting permitting clearance, as well as a walk-through aviary. She noted that due to repairs necessary because of Hurricane Irmas damage last year, money was tight for marketing efforts with all the other expenses theyve absorbed. Ms. Register said the grant would follow the guidelines used by neighboring Hendry Countys TDC, which has a grant program, when their businesses come to them and ask for promotional funding. Since we dont have one and I think that we need one, I dont have it prepared for you today. But she showed fellow council members the docu ment Hendry ofcials work from. I dont think that there should be a prob lem as we have sponsored another business that did not present an application. She was referring to the Sportswriters Invitational Fish ing Tournament, which actually was not put on by any specic business but to promote tourism in the county overall; it was put to gether by council member Jeff Patterson, gen eral manager of Becks Food Store in Lakeport. The Sportswriters Invitational did not tar get any business, Mr. Whidden interjected, adding that the county attorney would have to review the matter since Glades County does not have a similar grant application program. Hendry grant program a model Mrs. Register quoted from the Hendry document, saying, It says, Hendry County Tourism (Development Council) has decided to offer matching marketing support so Im not asking you to spend any money that I will not spend out of my pocket equally. I understand that, Mr. Whidden replied, but thats Hendry County. That was just a template, Ms. Register retorted. That will have to be run through Mr. (Richard) Pringle, said Mr. Whidden, refer ring to the Glades County attorney, before Im going to agree to doing anything like that, $10,000, and Mr. Helfenberger (interim coun ty manager Joseph Helfenberger) is going to have to bring that to Mr. Pringles attention, or Tim (Stanley) can. I think we do need to set (up something like that), said Ms. Kellenberger. I think thats something to look at, though. Commissioner Tim Stanley, the countys liaison to the board, spoke up. We would have to adopt some kind of a policy like Hendrys. We dont even have that, he said. Tracy Whirls, executive director of the TDC, said she also thought they should per haps use Hendrys ordinance as a model. I have been approached and Ive had several really good conversations with Robert Power, she said, talking about the business man who is operating a bait and tackle shop at the Moore Haven city marina. One of the things that he was contem plating doing this summer was a childrens shing tournament at the river, so it would be a good idea for us to review their policy for supporting festivals ... so that when we have events or businesses or whatever that are planning events, that we have a policy that we could use that outlines the return on investment, what the application process is, Ms. Whirls said. She said she would ask Mr. Helfenberger consult with Mr. Pringle to do just that. Let me just say this, Ms. Register re sponded. Because I have to spend this money now, thats why I was adamant that we needed a meeting in June because you plan well out from the event. Its obvious to me that Im not going to get approval today. I really hope that we and the county take this to heart, and really think about it. Who else ... is giving you solid attendance gures or occu pancy rates in this county? Who else is bring ing, other than the Brighton reservation, who else is bringing that number of people business to this county and provides docu mentation, brings new, fresh people into this county every year in those numbers? After a long and sometimes heated discus sion that followed, the Glades County TDC eventually voted to proceed in that direction. Commissioner Stanley interrupted the con tentious back-and-forth to say to Ms. Register, Well present this to Mr. Pringle and bring up your options, and well let you know what we can do. Council OKs moving forward I do think its a good idea because we forget to support our own businesses that are already scrapping and trying to survive in the county, said Ms. Kellenberger. We talk about Harney Pond ... and I get sick sitting here listening to Glades County (being talked about) as just the rim of Lake Okeechobee. Do you feel that, Jackie? asked Ms. Reg ister. Absolutely. I feel like I dont even belong in this meeting most of the time, because Im down on the river. Theres nothing thats di rected there; I cant get any help cleaning it up down there. Its frustrating, Ms. Kellen berger nished. Im just wanting us to put our money where our mouths have been, Ms. Register said. Everybodys going to want it, so were going to have to have something drawn up, Commissioner Stanley said. Ms. Kellenberger made a motion to look into having a grant program that would use TDC funds to help businesses with their pro motion and marketing, and Mr. Stanley sec onded. It passed unanimously. Ms. Register noted that she wanted to hand over the gavel permanently, resigning as chairwoman but saying she would remain a member. I have a business to run, she said. The council set its next meeting for Friday, July 13. Tourism-related business grants considered

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4 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee June 28, 2018, 2017 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report PWS# 5260262 South Shore Water Association/City of ClewistonEste informe contiene informacin muy importante sobe aqua de beber. Traduzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda blen. We are very pleased to provide you with this years Annual Water Quality Report. We want to keep you informed about the quality water and services we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water. This report is provided pursuant to Federal and State drinking water requirements. We are pleased to report that our drinking water meets all federal and state requirements. draws ground water from the Floridan Aquifer. Water from this aquifer is of high quality and less vulnerable to pollutants which could be caused in the water to produce high quality drinking water which exceeds water quality standards. After the RO process, the water is disinfected and distributed to the customers. South Shore Water Association routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws, rules, and rules, and regulations. The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity. Contaminants that may be present in source water include: operations, and wildlife. domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming. petroleum production, and can, also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided provide the same protection for public health. disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their Action Level (AL) must follow. Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) Maximum residual disinfectant level or MRDL: The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants. Maximum residual disinfectant level goal or MRDLG: The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants. Parts per million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mg/l) part by weight of analyte to 1 million parts by weight of the water sample. part by weight of analyte to 1 billion parts by weight of the water sample. Picocuries per liter measure of radioactivity in water If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. The City of Clewiston is responsible for providing high quality drinking water but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure of Environmental Protection performed a Source Water Assessment on our system. The assessment was conducted to provide information about any potential sources of contamination in the vicinity of our wells. There is one (1) potential source can be obtained from City of Clewiston Utilities, 141 Central Avenue, Clewiston, Florida. in there and talk to each other, which was really great, he said. Adding that he hoped he wasnt forgetting anyone, he also complimented Okeechobee-based shing captains Scott Kerslake and Rob Holley, who both vol unteered to help. He said the big sh of the tournament was an 8-pound, 10-ounce largemouth bass caught by Jimmy Jacobs, who also won the top shing writer award. Mr. Jacobs posted a video on June 8 about his outing; to watch it, search for Glades County Bassing on YouTube.com. The top shing guide award, Mr. Patterson said, went to Steve Daniel. He added, We have been getting a lot of traction on the digital magazines, mention ing that hed just seen one from Ron Presley, editor of Catsh Now. On the tournaments second day, we set him up in the river with Devin Whidden and they caught 45-50 catsh. So that was good, and thats a whole different market that we never even thought about going after, catshing, Mr. Patterson said. Every thing went off basically without a hitch. Captain Ray Markham also made mention of the Sportswriters Invitational during his Weekend Fishing 4Cast for West Central Florida on Florida Sportsman Magazines website, he said. TDC member Bret Whidden, the mayor of Moore Haven, also was happy. It was a great opportunity to get some positive pub licity from Lake Okeechobee and the Caloo sahatchee River, which is our most natural resource that we have here, he said. Its a proven fact that these writers already wrote articles about how Lake Okeechobee is not dead, how its ourishing and how many sh they actually caught. And it wasnt the best weather, but it didnt seem to bother those guys, so it was a real positive move in our direction. Ms. Whirls said: We got 400-and-someodd hits. Everything trended really well on Facebook, and because they all had their own Facebook outlets, thats bringing more exposure to us and VisitGlades, so I was really just tickled to death. TDC Chairwoman Patty Register asked whether anyone was keeping track of the articles written about the tourney, whether theyre online or not, and the potential for what their subscription levels are and what their followers on their social channels are. That would be good information to have. Mr. Patterson said hed been forwarding them to everyone as he received the web links. There will be a lot more to come, he said. Ms. Register noted that the tourney was approved for a $9,000 grant from the council without any expectation for reporting back on the fruit of the $9,000, and you know, best business practices are, you want to know what the return on your investment is. Its going to end up being about $6,200; I got everything turned in except the fuel bill, Mr. Patterson said. And you came in under budget! Good news! Ms. Register said. TOURNEYContinued From Page 1 City Attorney Steve Ramunni weighed in on a meeting with ofcials from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and State Sen. Denise Grimsley (R-District 26) regarding plans to expand U.S. 27. He ex pressed that its not economically feasible for the city to support an X-million amount of dollars for expansion, saying he plans to create a report to present this project as not affordable. More will be learned about this expansion initiative after the next meeting with FDOT on June 26, he said. Another project discussed by City Attorney Ramunni was a survey in the works for Avenue S. This is an effort to manage current encroachments on the street. A plan is still in process for surveying the public property around the road. He said it would not affect property owners detrimentally. City Councilman Jake Eighner proposed on behalf of the local Youth Livestock Organization a project to put waterworks inside the rodeo arena. The design is a sprinkler system along the fence that would alleviate using a tractor to water the earthen show ring. This would require a tap into the city water line. There were no objections to the proposal. CITYContinued From Page 1 Special to the Glades County Democrat MOORE HAVEN A Florida Highway Patrol trooper received minor injuries sus tained in a June 24 trafc crash. A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) news release stated that at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 24, a 2003 Honda vehicle operated by Joseu Padilla, 28, of Clewiston was traveling north on West Avenue Southwest in the cen ter of the road at the same time a 2016 Ford Explorer operated by Sergeant T. Neives, 35, of Moore Haven, was responding to the area based on a report of suspicious activity in volving the Honda. As the Explorer turned onto West Avenue Southwest from U.S. 27, Sgt. Neives observed the Honda was traveling in the center of the road. The Explorer attempted evasive action. The front of the Honda struck the front of the Explorer. After the impact, the Honda came to nal rest on the west shoulder and the Explorer came to nal rest on the east shoulder. Padilla was charged with DUI property damage/injury and no valid driver license. FHP trooper receives minor injuries in trafc crash

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June 28, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 5 Marlene Summerall Grillo, 77 LABELLE Marlene Summerall Grillo passed away June 23, 2018 in LaBelle. She was born April 18, 1941 in Tampa, to the late Clyde and the late Edith Marie (Thompson) Summer all, Sr. Survivors include her children, Debbie (Cary) Grillo Haerlin, Terri (Mike) Grillo-Cross, Tony (Lori) Grillo, Cathy (Steve) Grillo and Lonnie (Donnie) Gore; step-sons, Frank Grillo and John Grillo and families; sister, Joyce Boatright; grandchildren, Tommy, Michael, Ben, Skeeter, Michele, Robert, Cassie, Dillon, Josh and Bruce; numerous great-grandchildren and many extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Al Grillo. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 10:30 a.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle. Pastor Bill Maddox ofciated. Visitation was for 30 minutes before the funeral at Akin-Davis Funeral Home-LaBelle. Interment followed in Ortona Cemetery, Moore Haven. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home LaBelle. Dorothy Jane Leyva, 76 CLEWISTON Dorothy Jane Leyva passed away June 24, 2018 while a patient with Trustbridge Hospice. Dorothy was born Nov. 20, 1941, in Greenwood, Miss., to Jesse and Dorothy (McCain) Flowers. She married Jose Ramon Leyva; he preceded her in death on 2011. Dorothy worked as a beautician for a few years and then as a chemist for United States Sugar Corporation. Survivors include one son, Michael (Jacqueline) Leyva of Orlando; and one daughter, Julia Leyva of Fayetteville, N.C.; grandson, Joseph Leyva of Orlando. Celebration of her life will be Friday, June 29, 2018, burial will be in Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at 10 a.m. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday also at the funeral home. Celebration of life arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home Clewiston. Cheryl Eby Gutjahr (863) 228-1562 Anabel Miranda (863) 228 6296 EspaolCurt Thompson (863) 677-1064 (863) 983-8559 528 E. 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Hwy 27 Frontage $16K per acre, Venus, FL 77 ac. $11,5K per acre, Venus, FL (great hunting) 10 ac. $12.5K per acre, Venus, FL (weekend retreat) 901 Yacht Club Way $8,9K Moore Haven Lots Starting at $10K 20 Acres Hwy 80 Frontage $18.5K per acre COMMERCIAL / INVESTMENT PROPERT Y lndustrial Park 3013 C.R. 835 (Open storage and Warehouse) Call for details 516 E Sugarland Hwy $59,9K $139,9K .55ac. W. Sagamore $179,9K 1519 Daniels Rd., Moore Haven Rare 4/2.5 on 5 acres Reections from the Pulpit Independence Day: worth celebrating and why By the Reverend Samuel S. Thomas, Ph. D.+ Saint Martins Church, Clewiston Independence Day, July 4, is a great national holiday. We celebrate going from a collection of colonies that were brought forth out of a rugged wilderness into a de mocracy never before known in the world and a world power to provide leadership, support and protection among other na tions. What has been accomplished in this country in two hundred and fty years has truly been remarkable and has made us the choice of millions who want to come here to live. We have been blessed and should take this day of celebration to express our gratitude to all who have made our life here possible. In spite of all of our disagreements and factions, our internal struggles and calls for improvements, the reasons to celebrate overshadow and should make us thankful. Our founders credited God for His guid ance and provision of the leadership that has led us to our being that great nation. Every now and again I see news that highlights actions or groups that point out that were less than perfect, or that society is still in need of change for the better. I think that at least in part, theyre reminders that were still growing and still have things to accomplish; but I dont want to lose sight of how far weve come and our cause to celebrate Independence Day and all that it means. When some of our Pilgrim ances tors rst arrived here; they stopped to give thanks to God for their safe arrival and the opportunities before them. Gods place in their lives was a part of what carried them on and laid the foundations for what we have today. I nd that scriptures talk about our relation with God and not only as in dividuals but His collective people across the ages. The rst Epistle of Peter calls us to Be subject for the Lords sake to every human institution, whether it be to the em peror as supreme or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and praise those who do right. For it is Gods will that by doing right you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil, but live as servants of God. Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor (1 Peter 2:13-17). Thats quite an admonition, but deserves our attention. The call to be subject to every human institution and referring to our leadership sounds a bit absolute; but it doesnt deny freedom of expression and our right to be heard. The passages suggest that leadership is called to keep order in our society, for without an orderly society we will cease to exist. Anarchy is never an answer; and there must be provision for people to be heard. The idea that the best thoughts and direc tions will come from the populace is noted; the best will rise and by force of what they offer for the good of all, those with lesser ideas (the ignorance of foolish men) will give way to the best interests of all. I doubt that ignorance of foolish men means only something in a negative sense; rather feel that it has to do with their just not knowing and being unaware. Sometimes people that propose things that are in their selsh interests or self-serv ing; such directions are not in the interests of all, or the interests of being a democracy. We are to live as free men but our liberty is not to be used for purposes other than for the benet of all and for Gods intentions for us (i.e. as a pretext for evil as Peter puts it.) Honor all men; respect one another even when we may not agree and treat ev eryone as worthy of being heard, respected and having rights. Love the brotherhood; love the fami ly that makes up the being of our nation. Fear God; have a deep respect for God and what He has given us and how weve been blessed by Him. Honor the emperor: show respect even if we may disagree, acknowl edge their places of leadership and do our part to contribute to the greater good. When I think of all that we have and all that we are, we are a blessed people. Even if not perfect, blessed still. Weve come a long way toward being that great nation and our national holiday gives us a moment to re ect on how God has blessed us. My hope is that we will continue to build on the great est of foundations in the world and work to bring in that Kingdom of Heaven that is to come at the end of time. We have so much to be thankful for; our calendar gives us the opportunity on Inde pendence Day. May we all give thanks and celebrate Gods gifts to us all. New course requirements for airboat operators carrying passengers for hire Special to INI Florida At its June 19-20 meeting in Sarasota, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved new course requirements for airboat operators carry ing passengers for hire. A tragic airboat accident in south Florida was the impetus behind House Bill 1211, known as Ellies Law, requiring all airboat operators carry ing passengers for hire to complete an Air boat Operators Course. FWC staff worked with the airboat edu cation industry and stakeholders to gather public input and develop the rule, which details minimum course requirements for instructor qualications, student require ments, airboat operators course require ments, basic course topics, proof of com pletion and refresher course requirements. The rule is supported by the airboat educa tion industry, stakeholders and the public as indicated from three public meetings and meetings with the Florida Airboat Associa tion. Public safety is important to the FWC, and with the Legislatures guidance, this new rule provides additional requirements for airboat operator courses which will improve safety measures for passengers aboard an airboat for hire, said Commis sion Chairman Bo Rivard. Implementation of the new rule will go into effect by July 1, 2019. The entire rule can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2MBC9nQ. Real Estate Directory Hava a sae 4t Juy Obituaries

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6 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee June 28, 2018, U.S. Sugar Employees Give Back U.S. Sugar and our employees AHabitat for Humanity Special to the Glades County Democrat/ WGS West Glades students donate Blessing Bags During a social studies lesson on How We Can Be Good Community Lead ers, West Glades students in Mrs. Flemings second-grade class decided to Pay It Forward by donating items to be included in Blessing Bags for the homeless. They brought in pretzels, soap, washcloths, Chap Stick, tooth paste, toothbrushes, shampoo, combs and granola bars. These items will be placed in gallon Ziploc bags and distributed to homeless women and children in our area. Highlands Hammock State Park announces summer tram tours Special to the Glades County Democrat SEBRING This summer, Highlands Hammocks guided, narrated tram tour of the park and restricted areas where visitors may observe alligators, water birds, butteries and other wildlife will be limit ed to running at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The tour takes ap proximately one hour and 15 minutes and provides visitors with the opportuni ty to observe wildlife rel atively close up. The tram departs from the picnic area, runs through the hammock, pauses on a bridge in a cypress swamp, and continues through pine atwoods before run ning down the South Canal wetland. The tram is wheelchair-accessible. Visitors are advised that pets are not permitted on tram tours. Tickets are sold only at the Hammock Inn Concession and may be purchased one day in advance or on the day of the tour. The Hammock Inn is currently open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the summer. Concession hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily operation of the Hammock Inn Conces sion and a full schedule of park tram tours will resume during the fall. Tram tickets for adults and youth ages 13 and older are $10 per person. Tickets for chil dren ages6 to 12 cost $5 per person. Children ages 5 or younger get in free. For more information, call the Hammock Inn at 863-402-0061. Park entry fees of $6 per vehicle (includes up to eight people) and $4 per single-occu pant vehicle apply. Special to the Glades County Democrat After emerging from the pine atwood, a gopher tortoise was seen foraging in the late morning along the side of the road where the tram passes.

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June 28, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 7 PRIMARY ELECTION Books CloseREGISTER TO VOTE: For the August 28, 2018, Primary Elec tion at the Supervisor of Elections Ofce, LaBelle Courthouse, the Clewiston Ofce, any Drivers License Ofce, Public Assistance Ofce and all Public Libraries. The Voter Registration Books close on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.ELECCIN DE PRIMARIA Libros Se CierranREGISTRESE para VOTAR: Para las Eleciones Primarias el 28 de Agosto, 2018, en la Ocina de Elecciones, en el Edicio de la Corte en LaBelle, y la ocina de Clewiston, y en la Ocina de licencia, Ocinas de Assistencias Publicas y Bibliotecas Publica. Los libros de registracion se sierra el Lunes, 30 de Julio, 2018 a las 5:00 p.m. Brenda Hoots Supervisor of Elections Hendry County, Florida June 28, 2018 C.N. & C.B. F.S. 97.055 FDEP answers questions about algal blooms News from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection What is blue-green algae? Blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, is a type of algae found naturally in freshwater environments. This algae is a microorgan ism that functions like a plant in that it feeds through photosynthesis and derives its en ergy from the sun. Blue-green algae can be found all over the world, and occur in Flori das freshwater and brackish habitats, such as lakes, rivers and estuaries. What causes an algal bloom? Although blue-green algae are found naturally, increases in nutrients can exac erbate the extent, duration and intensity of blooms. Other factors that contribute to blooms include warm temperatures, re duced water ow, and lack of animals that eat algae. Although they can occur at any time, blue-green algae are most common in Florida during the summer and early fall, with high temperatures and abundant sun light. The summer also brings storms that have the potential to deliver nutrients into waterways through stormwater runoff. Are all types of blue-green algae harmful? Some not all blue-green algae can produce toxins that can contribute to environmental problems and affect public health. Little is known about exactly what environmental conditions trigger toxin pro duction. Over time, these toxins are diluted and eventually break down and disappear. Non-toxic blooms can also harm the envi ronment by depleting oxygen levels in the water column and reducing the amount of light that reaches submerged plants. Are algal blooms predictable? The nature of most freshwater algal bloom events makes it difcult to predict where and when a bloom will occur or how long it will last. However, lessening the negative effects of algal blooms is possible through restoration work to improve wa ter quality by reducing nutrients. Reducing nitrogen and phosphorous levels can help decrease the intensity and duration of algal blooms. Can you identify algal type or whether it is producing toxins by looking at it? No, this is why the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) coordi nates with the water management districts and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva tion Commission to routinely sample ob served and reported algal blooms and test for algal identication and toxicity. What are the health risks associated with algal blooms? The Florida Department of Health (DOH) takes the lead in determining if a harmful algal bloom presents a risk to hu man health. DOH issues health advisories as it determines to be appropriate when toxicity levels are higher and may also post warning signs when blooms affect public beaches or other areas where there is the risk of human exposure. The World Health Organization considers toxin levels under 10 micrograms/liter to represent a low-lev el risk for adverse health outcomes from short-term recreational exposure; however, certain sensitive populations (e.g., children, the elderly and immunocompromised pop ulations) may still be at risk even at low con centrations and should avoid any exposure. What should I do if I see an algal bloom in a freshwater system? The states bloom response team en courages everyone to be on the lookout for blooms and report them. Residents state wide can now easily report algal blooms to the department 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Information can be reported online through at www.reportalgalbloom.com, as well as through a new toll-free number at 1-855-305-3903. To report sh that are either dead or in poor physical condition, residents should contact the Fish Kill Hotline at 800-6360511. People experiencing symptoms or illnesses should contact the Florida Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222. What happens when an algal bloom is reported? The department collects detailed information such as location, description and size of the bloom. The reports are then evaluated and prioritized for inclusion in near-term sampling plans based on severity of the bloom and potential for human ex posure. How can I stay updated on algal blooms in my area? To ensure the health and safety of our states residents and visitors, DEP is com mitted to keeping Floridians updated on current algal blooms and how the state is responding to protect human health, water quality and the environment. DEP is placing sampling results, monitoring and testing in formation and latest actions by DEP, the wa ter management districts and other local, state and federal response team partners on our website. Residents can also subscribe to receive automatic email Algal Bloom Monitoring and Response updates. Where are algal bloom samples tested? Most algal bloom samples are processed in DEPs nationally recognized lab in Tallahassee. What does DEPs lab test for? Algal samples are tested to identify the type of algae present. If the algae is a type that is capable of producing toxins, it is then tested to determine if it is producing toxin and if so, at what level. The toxins typically tested for include microcystin, cylindrosper mospin and anatoxin-a. How long does it take to test samples? New On-Site Microsystin Testing Kits allow eld staff to perform tests for toxins and provide preliminary information to DOH for consideration of precautionary advisories while ofcial results are processed. All sam ples will still be shipped to DEPs laboratory in Tallahassee for formal algal identication and toxin analysis, which can take approxi mately three to ve days. Who collects samples? DEP and Flor idas water management districts collect samples when algal blooms are observed during their routine water-quality monitor ing as well as when blooms are reported. FWC samples nearshore marine waters. How often are samples collected? DEP and Floridas water management districts frequently monitor Floridas water quality, and routinely collect algal bloom samples as soon as they are observed as part of this effort. In addition, staff can be deployed to take additional samples in re sponse to reported blooms whether from a citizen, other response team agen cies or other sources. If a specic site or bloom is tested, is there a need for retesting? Yes, because whether a bloom is produc ing toxins and the levels of toxins produced can vary, recurring and persistent blooms are routinely monitored and retested. Whom should I contact about beach closures? For the most up-to-date information re garding public beach closures, residents and visitors are encouraged to contact the counties directly as they have information on the latest actions. Martin County: 772-320-3112 St. Lucie County: 772-229-2850 North Palm Beach County (Juno Beach and north): 561-624-0065 South Palm Beach County (Riviera Beach and south): 561-629-8775. Visit www.oridastateparks.org for state park beach closure alerts. Lakeport Community Association News Special to the Glades County Democrat Join the Lakeport Community Associa tion (LCA) at the Community Center, 1059 Red Barn Road in Lakeport, for the Fourth of July celebration to take place on Wednes day, July 4, beginning at 2 p.m. until the end of the reworks show. The festivities include live music, a jump house, water slides, horseshoe games, hot dogs, coleslaw, chips and sodas. Bring your lawn chair. The LCA will be hosting the new teach ers luncheon in August. If you would be willing to donate items as gifts, the follow ing items would be appreciated! (Kleenex, hand sanitizer, Clorox Wipes, Lysol Wipes). These items may be dropped off at the Wa ter Department from 8 a.m. to noon. LCA has also begun collecting medical equipment for loan to Lakeport residents. If you know of anyone who has a need, con tact Nancy Treuman at 863-946-1958. You may also donate any equipment you may want to get rid of (in good condition). LCA has built a dog walk on the grounds of the center. Disposal bags and containers will be provided. The members hope that everyone will utilize it and help keep the grounds free of debris. Look for the grand opening of Lakeside Bistro (located in the old Chappys Com plex)! You are going to be pleasantly sur prised! Newest piece of exciting news: (Its pret ty certain) ... Dollar General will be coming to Lakeport! Plans have been submitted to the county! Praise God! Seeking leggings & ip-ops The Rape Crisis Unit at Abuse Coun seling & Treatment is seeking donations of new or gently used leggings and new ip-ops of any size to provide women who have been survivors of sexual vi olence. Their goal is to collect 50 pair of leggings and 50 pairs of ip-ops in the month of June. Drop-off location is the LaBelle United Way House, 133 N. Bridge St. in LaBelle. Please be sure to say the donation is for the Rape Crisis Center. For information, call 239-4337559.

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8 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee June 28, 2018, By Katrina ElskenINI Florida Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to send excess freshwater from Lake Okeechobee south, but existing water conveyance struc tures, direct rainfall south of the lake, the Tamiami Trail and the Department of the In terior make that difcult, if not impossible. Heavy rain in May some areas received more than 400 percent of average rainfall left all of South Florida saturated with fresh water. As runoff from the Kissimmee River basin owed south into Lake Okeechobee, the lake level quickly rose. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tries to keep the lake on schedule between 12.5 and 15.5 feet above sea level. Higher levels damage the lakes ecology by drowning the marshes along its shores. These marshes are critical habitat for sh and wildlife and also help clean the wa ter. Higher levels also threaten the stability of the earthen Herbert Hoover Dike. During hurricane season, the corps tries to leave enough capacity in Lake Okeechobee to anticipate the heavy ows from storms, which can cause the lake to rise as much as 4 feet in a few weeks. On June 1, the corps started owing up to 1,800 cubic feet per second (cfs) east to the St. Lucie from the lake as measured at the St. Lucie Lock, and up to 4,000 cfs west to the Caloosahatchee at the Moore Haven Lock. Flow south of the lake is currently limited by the capacity of the canals and by the Tamiami Trail, which acts as a dam bisecting the Everglades from Tampa to Miami. The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) calls for raising part of the roadway. The corps recommended 11 miles of raised bridging. Currently only 1 mile of raised bridg ing has been completed; another 2.6 miles is under construction. An additional barrier to ow south is the Department of the Interior, which has blocked ow under the Tamiami Trail to protect the nesting area of the Cape Sable sea sparrow. To protect the nesting grounds, two of the S-12 gates (which would allow ow under the trail) are closed. On June 20, ow under the trail was 1,316 cfs about 700 million gallons per day. If all of the S-12 gates were open, that ow could nearly double. This would still only be a fraction of the water that has been owing east and west since June 1. Flow south is also limited by restrictions on phosphorus levels. While the Lake Okeechobee inows from the north average around 140 parts per billion of phosphorus, water entering Everglades National Park must be no more than 10 ppb. So the water that ows through the lake must be sent through Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) to be cleaned before it can be sent south into the Everlgades. Due to heavy rainfall in May, those STAs were at or above capacity when the releases east and west started June 1. On June 20, water from the lake was owing south at 1,031 cfs to the STAs, then into the Water Conservation Areas. Clean water from the WCAs was owing at a rate of 1,316 cfs to Everglades National Park. On Wednesday, June 20, Gov. Scott directed Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein to issue an order urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District (SFW MD) to take emergency actions to help redirect the ow of water out of Lake Okeechobee to the south. This order is in response to the Army Corps decision to release water from Lake Okeechobee west to the Caloosahatchee River and east to the St. Lucie River estuaries and the Indian River Lagoon. Since the corps began releasing water from Lake Okeechobee this year, DEP has continued to respond to reports of algal blooms in both rivers, as well as continued reports on Lake Okeechobee. Gov. Scott said: In previous years, we have seen algae blooms develop in our waterways due to the federal water discharges from Lake Okeechobee. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers directs these discharges when the dike is nearing capacity and at risk of breaching. Unfortunately, the federal government has had decades to x the dike that they operate, but have failed to do so. In response, I have put up state funding to x the federal dike and I have secured an agreement from the Trump administration to expedite the repairs. Also, working with the Florida Legislature, I signed a law that accelerated the EAA reservoir to move more water south of the lake, to help ease these discharges. But, while we continue to wait on the federal governments action on the dike and EAA reservoir, we are going to do all we can to protect our waterways as we enter the hot summer months in Florida. I am directing DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein to issue a Secretarial Emergency Order urging the Army Corps and SFWMD to take emergency actions to lower lake levels and help redirect the ow of water out of Lake Okeechobee to the south. Two years ago, we saw the devastating impact of releases from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers and estuaries, which caused widespread algal blooms and led to the declaration of a state of emergency in four counties. We are taking immediate action to do everything in our power to solve this problem. With this order, and the cooperation of the Army Corps and other federal agencies, the state will continue to work to mitigate and minimize the impacts of algal blooms we witnessed in the past. We will continue to ght to secure federal action and urge the federal government to authorize the EAA reservoir and fully fund the Herbert Hoover Dike repairs. DEP Secretary Valenstein said: We want to take every step possible to allow the Army Corps and water management district to pro actively address high water levels and move more water south and away from our communities. While lake releases will continue to depend on the Army Corps water operations, the state is committed to providing exibility to the Army Corps, while also standing alongside Floridians. Prior to the Army Corps releases, the SF WMD was already maximizing opportunities to lower water levels in all three water conservation areas south of the lake, and this emergency order will provide additional opportunities to move clean water out of the water conservations areas to the south. SFWMD continues to make use of all available water storage, including recently completed components of Gov. Scotts Restoration Strategies Plan, such as the A-1 and L-8 Flow Equalization Basins. On Thursday, the corps announced that it will slightly reduce the ows east and west starting Friday, June 22 Starting Friday (June 22), the target ow for the Caloosahatchee Estuary will be reduced to 3,000 cfs as measured at W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam (S-79) located near Fort Myers. The target ow for the St. Lucie Estuary will be reduced to a seven-day average of 1,170 cfs as measured at St. Lucie Lock & Dam (S-80) near Stuart. Because these releases will include local ow, the actual ow from the lake will be less than the target ow number. For example, on June 20, 1,760 cfs was owing into the Calo osahatchee from local basin runoff. With the new schedule, that would have meant only 1,240 cfs could have been released at Moore Haven. The discharges over the past three weeks have stopped the rise in the lake, said Col. Jason Kirk, Jacksonville District commander. Inows have also slowed since late May. Based on current conditions, the guidance under the Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule calls for reduced ows. The corps will release water to the St. Lucie Estuary from the lake in a pulse fashion, which means ows will vary during the seven-day release period. Additional run off from rain in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie basins could also occasionally result in ows that exceed targets. The pulse releases will be set up to in clude two consecutive days of no ow for the St. Lucie Estuary, said Col. Kirk. This should allow some tidal ushing, which will help aquatic life in the estuary. The corps is working with state ofcials to determine what other actions can be tak en to address water management challeng es in South Florida. Col. Kirk said while they appreciate the need to protect the estuaries, the governors order does not change the way the corps fol lows the existing Lake Okeechobee Regula tion Schedule (LORS). In collaboration with the South Florida Water Management District and in consulta tion with our regional headquarters and fed eral resource agencies, we constantly seek to identify and implement the optimal solu tions in a system with limited options, said Col. Kirk. Our close federal-state partner ship serves us well in day-to-day operations as it does in our shared pursuit of Everglades restoration wherein were working to im plement long-term improvements to South Floridas water quantity, quality, timing and distribution. Corps cuts lake ows to the coastal estuaries A continuing series TRUTH INI Florida/ Katrina ELskenCol. Jason Kirk, Jacksonville District commander, visited the Herbert Hoover Dike on June 21 to assure those living south of the dike that work is continuing to keep them safe and to announce a reduction in lake releases toward the northern estuaries east and west.

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June 28, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 9 Hendry County BOCC is seeking applications for a full-time Maintenance Technician. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on July 6, 2018 at the Human Resources Department, 640 South Main Street, LaBelle, FL 33935. A complete job posting and application forms are available on the Hendry County website at Hendry County is a VP, EEO/AA, DFWP employer and participates in E-Verify. Individuals needing assistance in the application process should contact the County Human Resources department at 863-675-5352 Hendry County BOCC is seeking applications for a full-time Emergency Management Planner. Applications will be received at the Human Resources Department, 640 South Main Street, LaBelle, FL 33935. A complete job posting and application forms are available on the Hendry County website at Hendry County is a VP, EEO/AA, DFWP employer and participates in E-Verify. Individuals needing assistance in the application process should contact the County Human Resources department at 863-675-5352 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Hendry County BOCC is seeking appli cations for a Field Technician. Applications will be received at the Human Resources Department, 640 South Main Street, LaBelle, FL 33935. A complete job posting and application forms are available on the Hendry County website at Hendry County is a VP, EEO/AA, DFWP employer and participates in E-Verify. 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We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a num ber out of your area, use caution. Mobile Homes Sale For Sale 730 Seminole, Clewiston FL $75,000 Owner financing available. 239-791-9852 Campers / RVs Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-789-7530 Public Notice HENDRY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER Clewiston, Florida Notice to PublicThe Hendry County Hospital Authori ty Board of Trustees will conduct their monthly Board meeting on Monday, July 2nd, 2018 at 1:00 PM in the Conference Room at Hendry Regional Medical Convenient Care Center, 450 S. Main Street, LaBelle, Florida 33935. The public is invited to attend. 270144 CN 6/28/2018 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE CLEWISTON TOWING & AUTO SALVAGE gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 07/09/2018 10:00 a.m. at 600 E. SUGARLAND HWY Clewiston, FL 33440-3213, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. CLEW ISTON TOWING & AUTO SALVAGE reserves the right to accept 2015 CHRYSLER 1C3CCCAB3FN631590 2002 NISS 1N4AL11DX2C188309 1991.FORD 1FAPP14J4MW168915 2008 FORD 1FAHP33N88W126631 2004 FREIGHTLINER 1FVACWDC34HN07926 271088 CN 6/28/2018 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: TIMS TOWING & RECOVERY gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 07/13/2018, 10:00 am at 74 S INDUSTRIAL LOOP LABELLE, FL 33935, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. TIMS TOWING & RECOVERY reserves the right to accept or reject any and/ or all bids. 4T3ZF19C22U469646 2002 TOYOTA 271105 CN 6/28/2018 READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! 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10 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee June 28, 2018 GLADES COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL DEMOLITION & REBUILD OF ONE (1) HOME,The Glades County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) requests that interested parties submit formal sealed proposals for the above-referenced project. This project will be undertaken as part of the Glades County SHIP Program. Contractors must be qualified to bid on SHIP projects. If not pre-qualified, the Contractors Application Documents may be obtained from the SHIP Administrator or http://www.myglades.com/departments/communityservices/ ship.php A mandatory meeting and contractor review of these projects will be held on Friday June 29th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at 1882 Linda Drive, Okeechobee, FL,(Buckhead Ridge Jobsite) 34974. Any firm not represented at this meet ing will not be able to bid. All potential bidders must be in meeting no later than 4:00p.m. in order to participate in these RFPs. The specifications and requirements informational package must be obtained from Cindy Ricker, SHIP Administrator 863-946-6124, cricker@myglades.com Due date/time: July 20th, 2018, 1:00 p.m. EST. All responses (7 copies and 1 digital copy) shall be placed in separate, sealed envelopes with the ti tles clearly indicated on the outside: GLADES COUNTY SHIP PROGRAM RFP #2018-DEMO/REPLACEMENT-2-Hoyt with delivery to the SHIP Administrator, in SHIP Administrators office at Court House, Moore Haven, no later than deadline time of 1:00 p.m.. RFPs received after such time will not be accepted and will be returned unopened. Responses delayed for any reason shall not be considered. Faxed and electronically mailed responses will not be accepted. All prospective respondents are cautioned not to contact any member of the BoCC. All questions should be directed to Cindy Ricker, SHIP Administrator, 500 Avenue J, (P.O. Box 1527) Moore Haven FL 33471 Phone 863-946-6124. EMAIL cricker@myglades.com. It is anticipated that the qualified responses to this RFP will be considered and a decision on the selection of a qualified responder will be made by the BoCC. The County reserves the right to reject any or all responses in its sole discretion. The County also reserves the right to waive irregularities and technicalities, to re-advertise for additional responses, and to select the responder, who, in the BoCCs sole opinion, is in the best interests of Glades County. Glades County does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, or marital status. Glades County is an Equal Opportunity Employer, actively seeking Minority Contractor Participation and promotes Fair Housing. 270113 ON 6/24; GCD 6/28/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 18000305CAAXMXNATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC D/B/A CHAMPION MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff, vs. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF THOMAS E. PRICE, DECEASED. Defendant(s ), NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE TO: THE UNKNOWN IfEffiS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF THOMAS E. PRICE, DECEASED, whose residence is unknown if he/she/they be living; and if he/she/they be dead, the unknown defendants who may be spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, and all parties claiming an interest by, through, under or against the Defendants, who are not known to be dead or alive, and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the mortgage being foreclosed herein. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property: (TRACT 29) tHE EAST HALF OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF!THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION 29, TOWNSIDP 43 SOUTH, RANGE 32 EAST, HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on counsel for Plaintiff, whose address is 6409 Congress Ave., Suite 100, Boca Raton, Florida 33487 on or before 7-20-18 / (30 days from Date of First Publication of this Notice) and file the original with the clerk of this court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition filed herein. WITNESS my hand and ttle seal of this Court at Hendry County, Florida, this 14th day of June, 2018. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: J. Bevis DEPUTY CLERK ROBERTSON, ANSCHUTZ, AND SCHNEID, PL ATTORNEY FOR PLAIN1flFF 6409 Congress Ave., Suitei 100 Boca Raton, FL 33487 PRIMARY EMAIL: mail@rasflaw.com 269717 CN 6/28;7/4/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 17000304CAAXMX U.S. BANK TRUST, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR LSF9 MASTER PARTICIPATION TRUST, Plaintiff, vs. GUADALUPE CORTEZ; JESUS L. CORTEZ, JR.; UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION #1 and #2, and ALL OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES, et.al., Defendant(s)RE-NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Consent Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure dated May 10, 2018 and an Order Canceling and Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated June 15, 2018, entered in Civil Case No. 17000304CAAXMX of the Circuit Court of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in and for Hendry County, Florida, wherein U.S. BANK TRUST, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR LSF9 MASTER PARTICIPATIO TRUST, Plaintiff, and GUADALUPE CORTEZ; JESUS L. CORTEZ, JR., are Defendants I will sell to the highest bidder for cash, on 2nd Floor in Hallway of the Hendry County Courthouse, 25 East Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL 33935 at I 1:00 AM, on the 1st day of August. 2018, the following described real property operty as set forth in said Final Summary Judgment, to wit: LOT 15, BLOCK 2067, UNIT 2, PORT LABELLE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGES 60 THROUGH 72, INCLUSIVE, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. If you are a person claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale, you must file a claim with the clerk no later than 60 days after the sale. If you fail to file a claim you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. After 60 days, only the owne r of record as of the date of the Iis pendens may claim the surplus. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the court on June 20th, 2018. BARBARA S. BUTLER CLERK OF THE COURT By: J. Bevis Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Brian L. Rosaler, Esquire Popkin & Rosaler, P.A. 1701West Hillsboro Boulevard Suite 400 Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 Telephone: (954) 360-9030 Facsimile: (954) 420-5187 270638 CN 6/28;7/5/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case No: 18-CA-347TAMMIE GARZA Plaintiff, vs. PEDRO MURILLO MARTINEZ, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE/PROPERTY TO: Pedro Murillo Martinez Current address unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Quiet Title on the following property in Lee County, Florida: Lot 4, Block 2150, PORT LABELLE, UNIT 4, according to plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 3, Pages 86 through 102, inclusive, of the Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Jacqueline J. Perefrin, Esq. of Peregrin Law Firm, P.A., Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 6621 Willow Park Drive, Suite 1, Naples, Florida 34109, on or before July 20, 2018, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on the Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED o n June 14, 2018. Clerk of the Court By: J. Bevis As Deputy Clerk PEREGRIN LAW FIRM, P.A. Jacqueline J. Peregrin, Esq. Florida Bar No. 0085264 6621 Willow Park Drive, Suite 1 Naples, Florida 34109 (239) 349-2628 or Fax (239) 631-2304 269715 CN 6/21,28/2018 Public Notice Public Notice EVERGLADES AGRICULTURAL AREA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DISTRICT NOTICE OF 2018 ANNUAL LANDOWNERS MEETING & BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETINGNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all owners of lands located within the boundaries of the EVERGLADES AGRICULTURAL AREA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTEC TION DISTRICT that pursuant to applicable laws, a meeting of the landowners of the EVERGLADES AGRICULTURAL AREA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DISTRICT will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in University of Florida/IFASEverglades Research and Education Center, 3200 E. Palm Beach Road, Belle Glade, FL 33430, for the following purposes: 1. Receiving annual reports and taking such action with respect thereto as the landowners may determine; and, 2. Transacting such other business as may properly come before the meet ing. The Board of Supervisors meeting will commence immediately thereafter and the purpose of this meeting is to adopt a budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 and to transact any and all business that may come before the Board. If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at these meetings he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting, because of a disability or physical impairment, should contact the Districts Attorney, Charles F. Schoech, at 561-655-0620 at least five (5) calendar days prior to the Meeting. DATED this Thursday, the 21st day of June, 2018. BY: Charles F. Schoech, Administrator, Asst. Secretary and Counsel to the District 270644 CGS 6/28;7/5/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING OF THE EVERGLADES AGRICULTURAL AREA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DISTRICT FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 2019 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a public hearing by the Board of Supervisors of the Everglades Agricultural Area Environmental Protection District will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018, at approximately 10:00 a.m. during the Annual Landowners Meeting, which begins at 9:00 a.m. in the University of Florida/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center, 3200 E. Palm Beach Road, Belle Glade, FL 33430. The purpose of this public hearing is to hear all objections to the budget as proposed, to make such changes to the proposed budget as the Board of Supervisors deems necessary and to adopt the budget as finally approved by the Board of Supervisors for the District. If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at these meetings he/ she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting, because of a disability or physical impairment, should contact the Districts Attorney, Charles F. Schoech, at 561-655-0620 at least five (5) calendar days prior to the Meeting. DATED this Thursday, the 21st day of June, 2018. BY: Charles F. Schoech, Administrator, Asst. Secretary and Counsel to the District270647 CGS 6/28;7/5/2018 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS EMPLOYEE MEDICAL, DENTAL, VISION AND LIFE INSURANCE FOR HENDRY COUNTY EMPLOYEES RFP NUMBER: RFP # HCBOCC2018-01 OPENING DATE AND TIME: July 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Sealed Proposals will be received by the Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, Florida, for HENDRY COUNTY EMPLOYEE MEDICAL, DENTAL, VISION AND LIFE. In order to be considered, proposals must received by the Board of County Commissioners at the C.E. Hall Building (Clerks Office) in the Hendry County Courthouse Complex, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida by July 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., at which time all responses to this request will be recorded in the presence of one or more witnesses. The Evaluation Committee will meet on August 6, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. EDT at the County Administration building, 640 S. Main Street, LaBelle, FL. 33935. Hendry County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug/Smoke Free Work Place. A copy of the Instructions and RFP Documents can be obtained from the Hendry County Administrators Office, located at 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, Florida (for pick up), Post Office Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975 (mailing address) or by calling (863) 675-5354 or (863) 674-5671 or by emailing Crystal Mcmullen at MCMULLEN@albrittonins.com. This solicitation does not commit Hendry County to award any contracts, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this RFP, or to contract for any services. The County reserves the right to reject any or all submittals received as a result of this solicitation, or to cancel in part or in its entirety this RFP, if it is in the best interest of the County to do so. 270692 CN/CB 6/28/2018 Public Notice Public Notice REQUEST FOR BIDS (RFB) No. 6000000901 LOCK TENDER SERVICES, GLADES, HENDRY, MARTIN, OKEECHOBEE, OSCEOLA AND POLK COUNTIES, FL The Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed bids up to the 2:30 p.m. opening time on July 25, 2018, for Lock Tender services, which include, but are not limited to, operation and maintenance of eleven (11) navigational boat locks located on the Kissimmee River Waterway and perimeter of Lake Okeechobee, which provide for boat passage from Lake Tohopekaliga to Lake Okeechobee and beyond. The Contract resulting from this solicitation will be for a three (3) year period with a two (2) year renewal option. An OPTIONAL PRE-BID CONFERENCE will be held July 16, 2018, 9:00 A.M., in the Okeechobee Field Station Conference Room, 1000 N.E. 40th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34972 for all interested Respondents. NOTE: Visits to field sites will immediately follow. Transportation will be the responsibility of interested attendees. All bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested Respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov/procurement; (3) by calling 561-682-2011, or (4) by calling the 24-hour BID HOTLINE 800472-5290 (option 1). The public is invited to attend the bid opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our website www.sfwmd.gov. 271073 CN 6/28/2018 SOLICITATION NO. 6000000898 C43 West Caloosahatchee Basin Storage Reservoir, Hendry County, FloridaThe Procurement Bureau of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed Statements of Qualifications up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, for the C43 West Caloosahatchee Basin Storage Reservoir, Hendry County, Florida. The South Florida Water Management District (District) is seeking a construction contractor for a major Civil Works project to build the new dam and water control structures located in Hendry County, FL. The Reservoir is a major component of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project being executed between the South District and the US Army Corps of Engineers. As the local sponsor, the District is responsi ble for design and construction of the Reservoir. The C43 Reservoir will be an earthfill dam with total perimeter dam length of approximately 16.3 miles and separator dam 2.8 miles in length separating the reservoir into two cells. The reservoir will encompass approximately 10,000 acres and will store 170,000 acre-feet of water when full. All Statements of Qualifications must conform to the instructions in the Solici tation. Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete Solicitation (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov; (3) by calling 561-682-2510 or 561-682-2680. The public is invited to attend the opening. Further information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained on our website www.sfwmd.gov. 271099 CN 6/28/2018 STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF APPLICATIONThe Department announces receipt of an environmental resource permit modification application (File No. MMR_367067-001) from the Garcia Family Farms, LLC, to conduct mining activities at Garcia Farms Sand Mine. The project involves a new sand mine including dredging and mining operations into an approximately 600.02-acre site; impacts to approximately 0.0 acres of wetlands and approximately 50.3-acre of other surface waters are to be impacted. The project is in the Feeder Canal drainage basin, Class III waters, Hendry County, Sections 14 and 15, 22 and 23, 10 Township 47 South, Range 33 East. The application is being processed and is available for public inspection at: https://depedms.dep.state.fl.us:443/Oculus/servlet/shell?command=getEn tity&[guid=26.8 7446.1]&[profile=Permitting_Authorization, or by contacting the Department at MiningAndMitigation@dep.state.fl.us, (850)245-7554. Any comments or objections should be filed in writing with the Department at this address. Comments or objections should be submitted as soon as possible to ensure that there is adequate time for them to be considered in the Department decision on the application. 270634 CN 6/28/2018 Administr ation of Estates NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA Probate Division CASE NO.: 18000022CPMXAX IN RE: ESTATE OF TAMMY SUE HELFINSTINE, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the Estate of TAMMY SUE HELFINSTINE, deceased, whose date of death was December 15, 2017, is pending in the Circuit Court for Glades County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 500 Av enue J, Room 102, PO Box 10, Moore Haven, FL 33471. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and oth er persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORI DA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this no tice is June 21st, 2018. Personal Representative: JOSEPH HELFINSTINE 1952 Linda Rd. Okeechobee, FL 34974 Attorney for Personal Representative: WARREN B. BRAMS, ESQ. Florida Bar Number: 0698921 2161 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. Ste 201 WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33409 Telephone: (561) 478-4848 Fax: (561) 478-0108 E-Mail: mgrbramslaw@gmail.com Secondary E-Mail: warrenbrams@ bramslaw.onmicrosoft.com 268204 GCD 6/21,28/2018 ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds Place Your Ad Online, From the Comfort of Your HomeWHEN Y OU W ANT TO www.newszap.com& click on classifieds

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June 28, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 11 WWW.HRMC.US|863-983-3000 FULL SERVICE DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY Your local newspaper will be closed Wednesday, July 4th for Independence Day THURS DAY, JULY 5TH DEADLINEDisplay Advertising .........................3 p.m. Friday, June 29 ......................... 11 a.m. Monday, July 2 Obituary Deadline .......................... 3 p.m. Monday, July 2 Have a Safe Holiday! Special to INI Florida The Fourth of July is a busy boating holiday with Floridas appealing waterways beckoning in-state and out-of-state boaters to enjoy their many charms, including the manatees. Save the Manatee Club urges residents and visitors to watch out for manatees throughout the holiday and beyond. The largest known cause of manatee mortality is from collisions with boats. Additionally, most living manatees have been hit by boats many manatees have been hit multiple times and most suffer through these injuries that can negatively affect their ability to eat, swim, mate and take care of their young. Manatees must surface to breathe and prefer shallow waters. Any boat, moving fast, can injure or kill a manatee if there is not enough clearance for the boats hull to pass safely over a manatees back. Slowing down in manatee habitat is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of watercraft-related injury and death. In order to safeguard manatees and to curb the number of manatee injuries and deaths from boat collisions, Save the Manatee Club offers a number of free public awareness materials to help boaters protect manatees. One of these is a Boating Safety Packet,, which contains a weatherproof boat decal with a hotline number for reporting manatee injuries, deaths or harassment. It also includes a waterproof waterway card that was created in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It can easily be hung and kept on board a vessel and features examples of regulatory signs posted for manatee protection, with information in English, French, Spanish and German. Save the Manatee Club also provides free waterproof banners for boaters and public awareness signs for Florida shoreline property owners. The bright yellow banners read Please Slow: Manatees Below, and can be used to warn other boaters if a manatee is spotted in the area. Aluminum dock signs with a similar message are available for Florida shoreline property owners. Family-friendly Buddy manatee signs, designed to teach manatee manners, are available to state, municipal and county parks; marinas; and other busy sites where human/manatee interaction can be a problem, resulting in manatee harassment. Remember, it is always important to report a sick, injured or orphaned manatee to the FWC. Heres how to recognize if something is wrong: A manatee oating high in the water that is unable to submerge may indicate a serious problem. An adult manatee not resting or traveling rapidly should surface to breathe every two to three minutes. Manatees entangled in crab traps or shing line should be reported to the FWC do not try to cut the entanglement. A pink scar or open wound on a manatee needs to be reported. Thrashing and splashing manatees are usually a mating herd and need their space; however a lone manatee that has beached itself should be reported to the FWC do not push the manatee back into the water. A small, lone manatee with no larger manatees around could be an orphan, and the FWC should be called at 888-404-FWCC (3992). To view the clubs new video, How to Report Distressed Manatees, and get more information, including how to report manatees outside of Florida, go to savethemanatee. org/rescue. We greatly appreciate the help of the boating community to be extra vigilant on Floridas waterways during the July 4th holiday and every day, said Patrick Rose, the clubs executive director & aquatic biologist. The risks and threats to the manatees survival remain uncontrolled and accelerating, and we need everyone to be good stewards and help ensure that manatees continue to roam free for future generations to enjoy. The free public awareness and education materials are available by emailing Save the Manatee Club at education@savethemanatee.org or by calling toll free at 800-432-JOIN (5646). More Manatee Protection Tips for Boaters can be found on the clubs website at savethemanatee.org/boatertips. You can also view the clubs new Safe Boating Tips to Protect Manatees video. Boating safety tips: Help protect manatees Courtesy photo Cora Berchem, Save the Manatee Club The Fourth of July is a busy boating holiday. Save the Manatee Club urges residents and visitors to watch out for manatees when boating on Florida wa terways.

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